The Los Angeles Lakers were linked with several players in the offseason. They were also linked with some of the big names available on the market. General Manager Rob Pelinka made some big signings, but the team struggled with several major injuries. In other words, they needed new power. The team has started making moves, and they have already released Quinn Cook. This time the Lakers signed a center.
According to recent reports, the team is signing center Damien Jones to a 10-day contract.
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Jones has been part of the NBA for several seasons. He was a first-round pick for the Golden State Warriors, joining the league in 2016. Jones played with the team in 2017 and 2018. He only played in 25 games in his first two seasons with the Warriors. His role improved in his third season with the team and he started in 22 games, averaging 5.4 points per game. However, his torn pectoral muscle forced him to sit out the regular season. He didn’t return until the postseason. This was his last year with the Golden State.
Last season, Jones played with the Atlanta Hawks and started 27 games. He joined the Phoenix Suns but the team released him Tuesday. Jones will get a new chance to compete for a title. Being part of the Lakers is a big deal. Of course, the team will have to decide to keep him on the roster past the 10-day deal.
This 10-day deal suggests that the Lakers don’t see Jones as a long-term fit. AD is out due to his injury, and the team needs size. Jones has the perfect size. He measures at 6 feet 11, and he will be one of the biggest teams on the Lakers roster at the moment. LA lacks size and Jones could be of great help for the defense. He is averaging 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. The center won’t have a huge impact, but his presence will help the team a lot. Davis’ return to the floor will probably affect his potential future with the storied franchise.